At this rate, 22-year-old Ben Kohles will become historys most successful golfer in almost no time flat.
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound former Green Hope High School standout has entered two professional tournaments -- last weekend in Omaha, Neb., and the weekend before in Columbus, Ohio -- on the PGAs web.com Tour.
Kohles won both.
After eight professional rounds hes shot 62, 65, 66 twice, 67 twice, 69 and 70. Combined, hes 36 strokes under par and has won $261,000.
Jack Nicklaus didnt start that hot. Neither did Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan or anyone else. A handful of players had won in their pro debut. No one had won two straight to start.
Kohles, whose family moved to Cary from Texas when he was 10 years old, didnt even seriously begin playing golf until he was 13 or so and entered the junior developmental program at Prestonwood Country Club.
Out of high school, he went to Virginia and was a star, winning seven tournaments, but certainly wasnt projected to be the next pro luminary when he graduated in May.
My heads been spinning, Kohles said by phone Monday.
Its totally been a dream come true. I never expected anything like this to happen to me. It was way beyond any of my wildest expectations and its still kind of hard to take it all in. But now, of course, I want to make it three straight.
Kohles astonishing liftoff has turned his father into an unofficial public relations manager.
An investments manager for the Silverback asset fund of Chapel Hill, Kevin Kohles spent Monday fielding interview requests, including one from ESPN.
Ben and his best friend/caddy Will Almand spent Monday driving from Omaha, Neb., to Springfield, Mo., for this weeks stop on the web.com Tour (formerly Nationwide).
They thought about getting a flight, Kevin Kohles said. But that would have been about $600, so they just decided to rent a car and drive it.
If Ben continues to win at the current rate, he should be able to buy an airplane -- maybe an airline -- soon.
It began when Kohles won Atlantas Dogwood Invitational amateur in June and received bid to play in the web.com Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invitational at Columbus, Ohio after Peter Uihlein withdrew late.
At that point, Kohles changed his plans and turned pro a month or so before he originally had planned, which would have been after the Aug. 13-19 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills, Colo.
Kohles won his first pro start on the difficult Ohio State Scarlet Course with a 12-under 272 and after a playoff triumph over Luke Guthrie. Kohles sank a 22-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death hole.
After Sundays win at the Cox Classic in Omaha, hes already up to No. 2 on the web.com money list.
The top 25 winners on the tour earn berths on the PGA Tour for 2013. No. 1 on the web.com list is Casey Wittenberg, who has entered 15 Web.com tournaments, won two and leads Kohles by less than $30,000.
At Omaha on Sunday, Kohles 9-under 62 allowed him to wipe out a two-stroke deficit at days start and win by three strokes.
With 11 more tournaments on the schedule, theres no way to comprehend what Kohles might accomplish.
But given his start, Kohles is virtually certain to land sponsors exemptions to at least a few PGA events, one of which could very well be the Aug. 16-19 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. Thats the tournament in which Raleighs Webb Simpson scored his first pro win last season.
Im hoping to get a spot in Greensboro for sure. That would be great, Kohles said. I know theres some talk of that possibility going on, so I guess Ill just have to wait and see. Id love it if it would work out.
An example of how fast the Triangle golf dynamic can change: Kohles said Simpson, the former Broughton High star, was a role model. Simpson will turn 27 Wednesday.
My dad took me to see Webb when he won the ACC championship in 2008, Kohles said. I followed his career in high school and college, and all the other golfers, especially the Green Hope guys. Coach (David) Allen was a great influence for me.
This week, Simpson and the big tour players will be in Kiawah Island (S.C.) for the PGA Championship.
Kohles and Almand will be in Springfield, Mo., for the Dr Pepper Price Cutter Charity Championship at the Highland Springs Country Club course. The tournament purse is $650,000 with the winners share at $112,500.
Id love to be at the PGA, but maybe Ill be there next year or one day, Kohles said. Its great to be where I am, too, and just having this much good fortune so early. I couldnt ask for more. I realize it cant go on forever, but its fun trying.